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Matchwinner Puncheon Delighted With Win

10 January 2015

After scoring the winner against Tottenham Hotspur to clinch Crystal Palace' first victory in nine league games, Jason Puncheon was thrilled his side's belief to come back and stun Spurs.

The winger struck a 79th minute winner to hand Alan Pardew a dream start to life back at Selhurst Park, and after the game he spoke of his delight that the club have got back to winning ways.

"It's a great feeling to score the winner at the Holmesdale End but the important thing is that we got the three points today," Puncheon said.

"I think it was a bit cagey in the first half and Glenn's just come back so you can't blame him for that chance, but the second half showed our team spirit, character and belief and I think that was the Crystal Palace that we know in the second half. Everybody was brilliant, the two substitutes did well as well so it was a great team performance.

"We didn't have many shots in the first half but I always thought there were more chances to shoot in the second, so I thought that if I hit the target I had a chance which I did. I think we thoroughly deserved those three points."

The matchwinner also praised the support the team received from the stands which helped lift the players after falling behind to Harry Kane's goal, but the noise levels rose after Dwight Gayle tucked away a penalty which helped push the team forward to create Puncheon's winner, and he is now looking forward to spending another week on the training pitch with the new manager.

He added: "As soon as the penalty went in the fans got right behind us and it was back to being the Selhurst Park that we know. Today's game was all about getting three points at home which we did because this is an important time for us as a football club, but we've got a massive game now next week against Burnley and we've got to win the games against teams around us.

"Some people have been out of the team and come back in and I think he [Pardew] has lifted everybody. It's been great so far. It'll be good to have a day's rest and then look forward to Monday."

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